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Back-to-school vision tips

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With school just around the corner, your child’s annual eye exam should be a priority. Vision is one of the most important factors in learning and development. Nearly 80% of a child’s learning is acquired through his or her visual system1, making it the cornerstone for a successful school year.

Studies show that one in four children has a vision problem2. Stay proactive in helping your child develop, and remember that one of the most important tools for success in school is healthy eyesight!

A child should have their first eye exam when they are 3 years old. Take notice if your child is squinting and blinking frequently, as it could be a signal that something is wrong. Even a small deviation in prescription can cause headaches and eye fatigue.

Doctors recommend that your child take frequent breaks while using electronic devices. Set a timer, and instruct them to stop looking at the screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

If your child wears glasses, mention scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coatings and polycarbonate lenses when making a purchase. These lenses will help prevent breakage and unnecessary wear.

Sources:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions. (2015, February). Retrieved from Children’s Vision Coalition: http://www.cvcny.org/index9ce7.html?s=1&b=8
  2. Vision Exams for Children Prior to Entering School. (2011, July). Retrieved from National Commission on Vision and Health: http://www.visionandhealth.org/documents/FactsheetVisionexams123008MAS26.pdf

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